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Hierarchy in International Relations


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Preface Introduction 1. International Authority 2. International Hierarchy 3. Patterns of Hierarchy 4. Domination 5. Subordination Conclusion Data Appendix Acknowledgments References Index

About the Author

David A. Lake is Jerri-Ann and Gary E. Jacobs Professor of Social Sciences and Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of The Statebuilder's Dilemma: On the Limits of Foreign Intervention, Hierarchy in International Relations, and Power, Protection, and Free Trade: International Sources of U.S. Commercial Strategy, 1887-1939 and the coeditor of Politics in the New Hard Times: The Great Recession in Comparative Perspective and The State and American Foreign Economic Policy, all from Cornell.


"In this pioneering work, Lake argues that hierarchical relations are best seen as bargained relationships in which the dominant state provides 'services'-such as order, security, and governance-to subordinate states in return for compliance. What distinguishes the various forms of hierarchy, from colonialism to modern alliances, is the amount of sovereignty signed over to the leading state. Lake uses this insight to explore patterns of U.S.-led hierarchy in the security and economic realms, relying on measures such as the presence of U.S. military bases, exchange-rate linkages, and trade dependence."-G. John Ikenberry, Foreign Affairs, January/February 2010 "David A. Lake effectively and convincingly argues that international politics is characterized not by anarchy, as the received wisdom and theory in the field hold, but rather by hierarchical relations among states. He develops the concept of relational hierarchy, by which a pair of states agree for one to accept the authority of the other to their mutual benefit, and applies it to understand the hierarchical relations created by the United States during and after the Cold War."-James D. Morrow, University of Michigan

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